A previous post on this blog talked about Florida's law regarding when a parent who is subject to a custody order can move a significant distance from their home. Parents are obligated to follow the notice requirements of this rule, and that means the other parent can object to the move.
Getting permission to move can be a huge deal for Lakeland, Florida, parents. In many cases, a parent really needs to make a move in order to pursue better opportunities both for herself and her children. Sometimes, the move can even be to escape an abusive relationship or other very unhealthy situation.
On the other hand, another parent may recognize that a proposed move is not in the best interests of their children or, in the worst case scenario, may be for bad motives, like to keep the children away from her. Parents in this situation have every right to oppose these types of moves.
A contested relocation is almost inevitably going to require court intervention, as the court will have to decide whether a move is in the child's best interests even if one parent opposes it. As such, no matter which side a parent is on, he or she will likely need to prepare a legal argument to the judge articulating his or her position and supporting it with evidence.
In this respect, our law office is available to help parents in Lakeland and other parts of Central Florida advocate their positions in a relocation dispute. The stakes are often high in these sorts of matters, as a move can mean on the one hand better opportunities for one parent but the loss of parenting time for the other. This is why we handle all such cases with the utmost seriousness and attention to detail. Whether opposing or proposing a move, we will do all we legally can to put our clients' best argument forward.